Entries by MFrauman

Examining a Contractor License

You’ve just confirmed that the contractor does have a license. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the information the Contractor’s Board has provided and see what else we can dig up on him/her. Here’s the real basic information that’s posted on the Board’s website for that contractor: License Number Confirm that it […]

How to Check a Contractor License

Checking whether a contractor is properly licensed is very easy. Go to the Board’s web site: www.cslb.ca.gov and on the left side, you’ll see this box: Click on this link even if you don’t know the license number. What will appear next will be a page with five buttons in the middle that gives you […]

Risks of Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

The facts and the resulting risk we just introduced may be sufficient to discourage most consumers from using an unlicensed contractor. But I’ve pledged to be as open and honest as possible in reviewing these issues and we don’t want to ignore the sole underlying reason as to why a consumer would even consider using […]

Licensed vs Unlicensed Contractors

Here’s what the California State License Board (CSLB) has to say about licensed vs unlicensed contractors: “It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in labor and materials. Besides being illegal, unlicensed contractors lack accountability and have a high rate of involvement in construction […]

Contractor Licensing Overview

It’s time to move forward on that construction project. You need to hire a contractor, but aren’t sure of the best way to proceed. If you have a relative or good friend who’s a contractor (and you like him or her), the decision has probably already been made. It’s also an easy decision if you […]

Stories from a licensed general contractor

Referring to me as ‘the writer’ might be a bit misleading as most of this information is readily available via the Internet. Perhaps a better description might be that of a compiler and story teller. My name is Mark Frauman and like several thousand others, I am a licensed general contractor in the state of […]

The Relationship Between Consumer and Contractor

When it comes to the relationship between consumer and contractor, there is a ton of information and advice freely available. Unfortunately, many consumers fail to take advantage of all this free material or they find it too confusing and overwhelming to shift through for answers. What I’ve attempted to do is take a large portion […]